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Faculty and others will explore topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

The first Patriot League Academic Conference will bring faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to Lafayette Nov. 7-8. Topics will include best practices for attracting and retaining students, innovative pedagogies, and possible collaborations. League members are American, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

There will be a keynote talk by Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a workshop on pedagogies of engagement facilitated by Project Kaleidoscope. UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholarship Program focuses on African American students who aspire to become research scientists and engineers. Project Kaleidoscope advocates for strong undergraduate STEM programs.

“President [Daniel] Weiss and I have invited the presidents and provosts of the Patriot League institutions to attend, and we look forward to hosting them. In addition, given that one of the goals of the conference is to create inter-institutional collaborations, possibly through the development of joint research or pedagogical projects, directors of sponsored programs will also be in attendance,” says Wendy L. Hill, provost and dean of the faculty.

“Through the conference and other initiatives we seek to strengthen our partnership across a spectrum of activities. I am enthusiastic about the possibilities that such a conference can provide and hope that it serves as a model for future gatherings that focus on other academic disciplines,” Hill says.

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